North Fork Broad River

Carnesville, Georgia

North Fork Broad River

North Fork Broad River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The North Fork Broad River has its headwaters in Stephens County near Toccoa. The section described below provides a mild journey through a mostly wooded environment near the end of the river. Although not covered here, the river can also be navigated in the hilly areas of southern Stephens County; the consistently mild gradient produces few rapids or shoals.

After entering Franklin County, passage becomes difficult, as a great deal of the river’s course becomes slowflowing and marshy. Deadfall portages are frequent from the crossing of GA 145 north of Carnesville downstream to Jackson Bridge Road. To avoid an unpleasant experience, it is inadvisable to attempt this section above Jackson Bridge unless there has been above-average but not torrential rainfall."

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Buford, GA
Pathfinder | 190 pts
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I would have rated this higher had there been 2-3 more inches of water. We (total of 2 people) canoed it in a 15.5' Pelican Ram-X Hull which which does not set very low in the water so we had it a little better than many.

With the lack of rainfall in Georgia over the past couple of years the sand bars are really building up and spreading out, particularly on the back side of shoals. Channels tend to run down either side and not oftern down the middle. Stick to the outside of the curves for the best channels (if see the river curving to the left try to get to the right side). Can't remember any specific portaging due to deadfalls but did have a few sand bars run us too shallow to pass. Mostly we could paddle through it but that's tuff paddling when your paddle is in the sand.

Otherwise, it was really fantastic. Scenery is amazing. We saw many birds (blue and green herons among others) as well as a roosting area of turkey vultures (estimate well over 100 of them in a 100 yard stretch). We also caught amazingly healthy looking fish: Bream, Blue Channel Cat, Large Mouth bass - all with the most amazingly vibrant colors of the species. Must be a very healthy river system.

I plan to try this section again in March of 09 when the water level is better. If you do not mind a little dragging over the sand and hard paddling, go for it now because I still found the pro's to be worth the con's.


Trail Information

Nearby City
4.5 hours
Carnesville, Danielsville North (USGS); Franklin (County)
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